Vintage BMW Motorcycle and Surfboard Combo Defines Style

George Kennedy

We here at BoldRide tend to stick to automobiles, but as far as motorcycles go, BMW has a very tight connection to the car world. First, BMW is a carmaker above all else. Second, many BMW bikes feature a carlike drive shaft as opposed to being chain driven. You can now add “surf buggy” to the list of overlaps, with this BMW R65 and surfboard combination. Hopefully this will warm up you folks that have just dug yourself out of the um-teenth snowstorm this year.

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02-BMW R65
02-BMW R65

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The style-rich folks at BikeExif found this 1979 BMW motorcycle at a bike show in Biarritz. It was created by Xabi Ithurralde and took 10 months to build. A great consideration was taken to the added weight of the surfboard, reducing the weight of the headlight and seat, as well as choosing the 200kg (440 lb.) R65 engine versus a larger bike.

00-BMW R65
00-BMW R65


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In addition to the stunning surfboard, a great deal of attention has been paid to the seat. Remy Carrait, a world-class tannery that supplies Louis Vuitton and Hermes, has supplied the leather. Head over to Xabi’s site, to check out more photos.

The sumer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of it. Few cars or bikes live up to that spirit of fun summer living like this combination.

Image credits: Xabi Ithurralde via BikeExif